Environmental Studies B.A.
Students in the Environmental Studies major must successfully complete 42 to 48 credits in approved courses.
1. Foundation courses:
2. Three courses from the Social and Cultural Core classes:
3a. Two courses, at least three credits each, from ES Cluster A: Culture, Society and the Environment; and
3b. An additional 3 credits in ES Cluster A; at least 6 credits of Cluster A must be at the 300 level. Up to 3 credits in total of
4. Two courses from ES Cluster B1: Exploring the Natural World (at least one course with a lab);
5. One methods course:
6. ES Senior Year Capstone Sequence of
Writing in the Major Requirement: Environmental Studies requires writing that synthesizes information from a variety of sources, clearly articulates both science- and value-based arguments, and conveys complicated ideas. Students must learn to write independent pieces and to write effectively in a collaborative setting. In introductory courses for the major, students advance their writing skills through analytical case studies and scientific papers and reports; this focus continues in 200-level courses. The capstone challenges students to describe their complex research findings in narrative and graphical forms and discuss the relevance of their finding in a manner accessible to community groups. Environmental Studies majors fulfill the Skidmore writing-in-the-major requirement as they complete the requirements for the Environmental Studies major, learning to write in a variety of disciplines and for a variety of audiences, including the general public.